Combatting Senior Fraud in Rumford

Click HERE to read the 2019 Fraud Book

Click HERE and HERE for photos from today’s event

 

Rumford, ME—A member of Senator Collins’ staff was the guest speaker today at “Senior Gathering,” a monthly event organized by the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and Catholic Charities for older adults in the Rumford region at the St. Athanasius/St. John Church.

 

Carlene Tremblay, the State Office Representative for Senator Collins’ Lewiston Constituent Service Center, delivered remarks on Senator Collins’ behalf due to Senator Collins being in Washington, D.C., for votes.  Mrs. Tremblay spoke about combatting senior fraud, one of Senator Collins’ primary focuses as Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee.  She also distributed copies of the Aging Committee’s 2019 Fraud Book, a comprehensive resource guide designed to help seniors identify common scams and avoid becoming victims.  Today’s event was the third Senior Gathering, and approximately 50 members of the community attended.

 

“I hope that the information in this presentation along with the Fraud Books published by my Committee will help these seniors avoid being robbed of their hard-earned savings,” said Senator Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee.  “Protecting older Americans from financial fraud and exploitation has long been one of my top priorities.  Stopping these scam artists requires a coordinated response from all levels of our government and the private sector, but alert citizens will always be the best line of defense.”

 

Senator Collins’ Aging Committee operates a toll-free Fraud Hotline (1-855-303-9470) for people to report being victimized by scam artists or to receive assistance if they think they are being scammed.  The 2019 Fraud Book details the top 10 most common scams reported to the Committee’s Fraud Hotline over the past year. 

 

Senior Gathering provides older adults in the River Valley with a meal, social time, light exercise, and games.  The event is made possible by grants through the Maine Community Foundation, Catholic Charities, and Holy Savior Parish.  It is open to all seniors (60+) in the community.